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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Recipe for Happy Lobelia


A lot of people ask what the little blue flowers are. Others, who know, ask what the secret is, because they've bought and planted lobelia, only to have them look very straggly or even die. I only know that these are happy (1) in the windowboxes, (2) facing the morning sun, with (3) afternoon shade and (4) daily watering. I have a few at home that get afternoon sun and are not happy, whether in a container or in the ground. So that's my experience and all I can say about lobelia.

6 comments:

torchlakeviews said...

I admire a writer who sets out a beginning, a middle, and an end, says what she has to say, and stops. :)

P. J. Grath said...

Maybe I should be concise more often, instead of getting philosophical and going on and on and on and on and on and on and.........

Dawn said...

Beautiful! My experience is that they like water, a lot. Once I had a pot without a drainage hole and the only thing that survived the "drowning" were the lobelia. So I think your combination of no hot afternoon sun and daily water is perfect!

P. J. Grath said...

So the problem with the ones in the ground is probably that they're not kept sufficiently watered, Dawn? Makes sense. I think I'll just stick with putting them where they're happy from now on.

flandrumhill said...

I loved lobelia until I tried to grow them myself. I had to stop. It was too disheartening. Now that I know the secret of daily watering I'll try to grow some next summer. They are such a marvelous blue.

P. J. Grath said...

I do note once again that both Dawn and I had our success with lobelia in containers rather than in the ground--for what that's worth. If anyone has had great lobelia in a garden, in the ground, I haven't heard about it yet. But containers can add interest to gardens and might be a way to satisfy the beautiful blue flowers.